What Does Your Savior Look Like?

Is our hypocrisy turning people’s hearts away from God?

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To my brothers and sisters in Christ,

I understand your desire to restore spiritual values in this country. Our declining church attendance coincides with an increase in mental health issues and a decrease in subjective well-being. I understand your pro-life stance — in giving a chance for innocent lives. I also recognize your fear of speaking what’s in your heart out of fear of being chastised.

Jesus preferred the marginalized over the righteous. His friends were tax collectors and other sinners who repented from their former way of life. He fed the poor. He sacrificed his life for us. Even though he knew he was God, he didn’t inflict harm on others. Instead, he healed them.

Throughout his ministry, he was a living example of how we all should serve one another. Rather than demanding others to wash his feet, he washed the feet of his disciples. A Savior realizes that it’s not all about him — it’s about how we serve others for the good of the world.

A Savior doesn’t leave people in the cold.

Jesus criticized the rich for choosing money over God. He rebuked those who abused their power. He rebuked the Pharisees and Sadducees whose lives looked clean on the outside but were corrupt on the inside. He angered them for exposing their walk away from the truth.

He also didn’t use non-believers to navigate the chaos. Instead, he exposed the hypocrisy of those who justified themselves and yet exploited others. He knew their hearts. He flipped the tables in the temple market because they were profiting off other people’s faith.

However, he also knew that these leaders inspired and enabled the corruption within. Those who would choose these leaders out of fear ultimately knew these leaders exemplified the life they secretly wanted — one with riches and power over others.

Yet those who chose Christ would drop their nets to follow Him. They knew riches wouldn’t mean a thing if they weren’t spiritually free. They knew true power isn’t power over others but power within. They chose to follow the living power of humility, truth, and compassion.

Jesus didn’t have to keep any secrets. Jesus didn’t have to make excuses for what he did. Jesus spoke truth even if it wasn’t popular. He didn’t tell people what they wanted to hear to win people’s affection and adoration. His behavior, his love, and his mercy warmed the hearts of those he encountered. He afflicted the comfortable because he exposed their inner contradictions. He also comforted the afflicted because he saw the injustices carried out in his society.

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He warned against false idols — those who would seek their own limelight. They might have spoken Christ on their lips, but they didn’t have Christ in their hearts. Instead, they sought to be greater than their master.

A follower of Christ’s actions should point towards Christ, not towards himself. A follower of Christ’s words should echo those of Christ. A follower of Christ isn’t perfect but isn’t afraid to admit when he is wrong. His faith grows when he forsakes his transgressions. This also connects him with others, offering compassion for those who seek forgiveness.

A Savior is willing to give his life for others. A false savior wants you to give your life over to him to gain more power over others. A Savior uses love to inspire others. A false savior uses fear to keep him in power and you in line. A Savior lives in light, but a false savior loves the darkness.

A Savior sets a good example for others. If you have to make excuses for your savior’s behavior, perhaps he might not be the savior you’re looking for. A Savior practices what he preaches.

Does your savior have orange skin?

False idols are jealous of God’s power. False idols serve their own appetites, preying upon devout Christians most of all. They seek to divide you from the truth you have been taught. They convince you that darkness is light. They know if they can convert you into following their path, they can obliterate God from your hearts. Test the spirit you follow.

When we follow a false god yet proclaim Christ on our own lips, we are also setting a bad example for those who are truly seeking forgiveness and truth. Is our hypocrisy turning people’s hearts away from God? If so, then aren’t we also responsible for their damnation?

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Former TV person, current college professor and media researcher. Ironman triathlete, meditation teacher and yoga instructor. https://www.brad4d-wellness.com

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